February 19, 2019

Natural gas customers asked to reduce consumption after BC pipeline explosion

11 October 2018, 10:17 | Dale Webster

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"Enbridge emergency crews did respond and they have isolated and are finishing the pressurizing of the two natural gas lines in the vicinity to contain this incident and an area was cordoned off".

The rupture resulted in an explosion and a massive fire.

The rupture occurred on a natural gas transmission pipeline owned and operated by Enbridge about 13.5 kilometres from Prince George on Tuesday evening, Enbridge spokesman Michael Barnes said in an emailed statement.

GasBuddy claims that the duration of the price spike will depend on how long the Enbridge pipeline remains out of service, but it could be felt for the next week or two.

"Every business, there's a boiler in the basement that supplies hot water and heating".

The school was also anxious about a lack of heating and hot water on campus but they're no longer expecting to be impacted.

Researchers who use natural gas for projects and academic work were asked to cut off all usage. The LNG produced and stored there is meant to supply the Greater Vancouver area with natural gas during peak demand.

Fortis has now shut off the pipeline and as many as 700,000 customers - could lose gas supply before repairs can be affected. FortisBC is looking into those questions, a spokesperson told Business in Vancouver.

Yesterday's blast also forced the evacuation of almost 100 people.

"It was a bit frantic", said Terry Teegee. You could hear it start dropping.

He said the blast sounded like a huge rumbling train or low-flying jet passing over his roof.

The Calgary-based energy supplier says the line was carefully checked before permission was received to restart it at about 80 per cent of normal capacity. Police soon had a perimeter established and weren't allowing anyone back in until it was deemed safe.

Vancouver Island residents face higher gasoline prices and are being asked to turn down the heat as a natural gas shortage looms after Tuesday's explosion and fire on the pipeline that supplies most of the natural gas handled by Fortis B.C.

Godwin and his family bided their time watching the slowly-shrinking fireball from a pullout along Northwood Pulp Mill Road while awaiting for the go-ahead to return home.

It says restoring flow in the smaller line is a positive step, but until the damaged larger line is repaired, a shortage of natural gas continues.

RCMP said the cause is still under investigation. Further updates will be provided on Wednesday.

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